Homeschooling

Multnomah County Library is proud to supplement and support the education style and curriculum you choose for your child. We offer services especially for independent homeschoolers.

Check out the print and web resources on the library’s Beginner’s Guide to Homeschooling booklist to learn about the many approaches to home education. Find classes and communities in our list of local organizations

If you’re getting started in homeschooling, try the Homeschool Resource Guide from the Oregon Home Education Network (OHEN) to find current information on legal requirements, curriculum options and links to online places to find community. 

Every independent home educator can get an Educator Card — a separate library card that allows you to check out materials for six weeks and have up to 40 holds. Fill out the online library card application. Then call or chat and tell staff that you would like an educator card and make an appointment to pick it up. Bring proof that you are an independent home educator to your appointment.

School Corps’ curriculum support for educators includes Buckets of Books, a quarterly newsletter and booklists on common curriculum topics like the Oregon Trail or biomes and ecosystems. If you belong to a group that meets virtually, the team can make presentations on how to do research, evaluating searches and websites, and internet safety. 

In October, 2020 the library will begin a monthly parent newsletter

The library helps new readers with Welcome to Reading kits, leveled readers, parent information and literacy skills camps.

Your library offers more than books. We offer STEM support with hands-on Discovery Kits. Learn a language online with Mango Connect. Download ebooks and audiobooks with Overdrive’s Libby app. Stream movies and music for free with Hoopla.

Free events, classes and camps online let kids of all ages learn, explore and create. 

Your library card gives you access to a wealth of online resources through the Homework Center: World Book Encyclopedia, Opposing Viewpoints, CultureGrams, biographies, newspaper archives, a live tutoring service and more. 

If you have a youth librarian at your local library branch, she/they is a valuable person to get to know. She/they can suggest books to fit your child’s reading level, maturity and interest and guide you to new resources at your request. 

If you have questions, comments, or suggestions for library services for homeschoolers, contact the Homeschool Liaison, Karen McElravy, at 503.988.6961 or karenmm@multcolib.org.